By RICKY LINDSAY, Lions Beat Reporter
Andrew Luck, the 2012 number one overall pick, continued his stellar play this season against the Detroit Lions. Down 33-21 with four minutes remaining in the game, Luck led the Colts to two scoring drives, including the game winning touchdown pass as time expired, giving the Colts a 35-33 comeback win over the Lions.
Luck completed 24 passes on 54 attempts for 391 yards, four touchdowns, and three interceptions. With the win, Luck became the first rookie picked number one overall to win eight games in his first season.
Lions’ quarterback Matthew Stafford had 27 completions on 46 attempts for 313 yards and two touchdowns.
Lions’ running backs played well against the Colts inexperienced run defense. Joique Bell had seven carries for 81 yards, while Mikel Leshoure had 21 carries for 57 yards and a touchdown.
Colts’ receivers T.J. Hilton and Donnie Avery were a big part in the Colts’ offense. Hilton had six receptions for 100 yards, while Avery had five receptions for 91 yards and two touchdowns, including the game winner.
Lions’ receiver Calvin Johnson had a career high 13 receptions for 171 yards and a touchdown. Johnson became the second player in NFL history to record 125 or more receiving yards in five straight games.
Johnson is on pace for 1,904 receiving yards and is expected to surpass Jerry Rice’s single season record of 1,848, set in 1995.
Sunday’s game between the Lions and Colts featured two teams going in different directions.
The Colts, once expected to be in a rebuilding mode, are now in the AFC playoff hunt with an 8-4 record. The Lions are looking to salvage their season after a disappointing 4-8 record.
The Lions travel to Green Bay to take on the rival Packers on Sunday Night Football. The Packers are 8-4 and sit alongside the Chicago Bears for the top spot in the NFC North. The game can be seen on NBC at 8:20 PM.